Did you eat too much today? Use Acupressure at home to help relieve that bulging belly!

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Food is our first line of therapy. It can help keep you healthy and aid in relieving many of the issues and diseases many of us battle daily. But on a day like Thanksgiving, we can’t help but feast on a delicious, hearty (and sometimes not so healthy!) meal amongst friends and family. Overeating savory and sweet dishes can damage the Spleen (SP) and Stomach (ST) functions and cause food retention in the Stomach, leaving you feeling bloating, exhausted and uncomfortable. But why?

The Theory:
Organ
Spleen: “Rules transformation and transportation”
Stomach: “The sea of food and fluid”
Main Functions
– Primary organ responsible for digestion
-Extracts pure nutritive essence from food which is then used for the production of qi, blood and body fluids
-Transports blood, qi and body fluids through the body
 -Responsible for receiving and ripening ingested food and fluids
-ST qi and fluid decomposes ingested food into materials to be further digested in the small intestine

What damages the Spleen and Stomach functions?

– Poor lifestyle habits including an improper diet (eating too fast or eating while worrying)
-Excess eating of raw foods, raw vegetables, cold salads, processed and refined grains,  white potatoes, sugars, and fried foods
-Constant worry, anxiety and over-thinking
-Too much exposure to a damp environment or damp weather
-A genetic predisposition
-Medications such as prolonged antibiotic and steroid use

How can you tell if you have Food Stagnation?

Signs and Symptoms
Why? What is happening?
-No Appetite
-Fullness/Distension of Epigastrium (Relieved by Vomiting)
Food obstruction in the Stomach prevents Stomach Qi from descending
-Sour Regurgitation
-Belching
– Nausea & vomiting
-Halitosis (bad breath)
Fermented food in Stomach
Tongue: Thick Coating (white or yellow)
Indicates an Excess condition
Pulse: Full, slippery
Indicated Heat and Food Retention

The good news? You can help reverse it!

While you are sitting watching Football or Christmas movies with family and friends, you can massage specific Acupuncture points on your body to help relive these symptoms.
Check it out!
Points
Actions
CV13
Subdues rebellious ST qi- especially in the case of food stagnation
CV10
Stimulates descending of ST qi, relieves food stagnation
ST21
Stimulates descencing of ST qi, regulates the Stomach and stops pain
ST25
Eliminates food stagnation, regulates and facilitates intestine function
ST44
Resolves stagnant food and clears heat, eliminates fullness, promotes digestion
ST45
Resolves stagnant food and calms mind
PC6
Stimulates descending of Stomach Qi, harmonizes the Stomach
SP4
Resolves stagnant food, Soothes the stomach
 stomach points

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Massage these points by rubbing the area with your index finger or thumb. You can push on ST45 (near the toenail bed) using your fingernail to stimulate the point.

You can also try these Abdominal Massage Techniques to stimulate your Stomach points and help relieve food stagnation symptoms:

We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Come in for a weekend treatment to get back in balance and de-stress after the Black Friday Madness! Open 7 days a week!

The Crystal Series: Vanadanite

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Today’s featured Mineral is Vanadanite!

Vanadanite vibrates strongly on the navel chakra, aiding in Creativity.

vanadanite

*Vanadanite contains secondary lead deposits so it is important that you handle this crystal responsibly and wash your hands thoroughly after use.

Energetic Influence of Vanadanite:
– Strong spiritual grounding energy
– Promotes deep peace within oneself
– Regulates any type of hormonal imbalance
– Aids with age-related issues such as menopause, bladder dysfunction
– Helps shield against radiation from computer screens and other electronic devices
– An excellent healing stone that is said to be good for breathing difficulties such as asthma or other lung problems.
– Clears writer’s block
– Mentally stimulates and Helps with organization
– It gives you drive and determination, along with the vitality needed to sustain you while taking action

The Crystal Series: Opals

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Today’s featured stone is Opal!

The “stone of happy dreams and changes”. It helps center the mind and is particularly soothing for children and those who have always slept badly or had recurring nightmares with no apparent reason. Opals also relieve any issues a child may have with an invisible or imaginary friend, and is especially helpful before sleep if the child wishes the friend to go away at bedtime!

It is also a water-stone, with the perfect vibration to connect with the spiritual forces of water.

opals

Energetic Influence of Opal:
– Beneficial for the health of the eyes, hair, nails and skin
– May be used in treatments to clarify and strengthen the eyesight & treats disorders associated with the eyes
– Balances the body’s water content, overcoming dehydration or alleviating water retention
– Believed to disperse infections, purify the blood and kidneys, and to regulate insulin production
– Helps reduce fever
– Stimulates memory
– Energetically stabilizes neurotransmitter disturbances, such as Parkinson’s Disease
– Aids in OBGYN issues: female hormones, PMS and menopause, and provides comfort and ease during childbirth

Spiritual Influence of Opal:
– Supportive stone, dedicated to healing and strengthening the emotional body- for those seeking honest self-reflection
– High internal energy brings thoughts & feelings to the surface for examination
– Teaches one to take responsibility for one’s feelings while clearing past wounds, fears and resentments
– Facilitates the letting go of negative behaviors and soothes the emotional body, helping one feel more in control
– Assists one in becoming more positive and loving, more creative and spontaneous.
– Enhances cosmic consciousness and raising one’s level of intuition and insight.
– Traditionally used to invoke visions, increase lucid dreaming
– Attracts angelic energies and increases communications with the Divine
-Great for venturing into dangerous place and works as a shield to keep from absorbing other people’s negative thoughts and energies
– Promotes a sense of calm security, easing stress and depression
-Antidote to restless thoughts and racing minds that rehash the past or anticipate the future

 

For more detailed information on opals, please visit The Crystal Vault

The Crystal Series: Green Fluorite from the Rogerley Mine

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Today’s featured gemstone is Green Fluorite from the flats in the Rogerley Mine!

This gemstone is dark emerald green in color with a strong blue-purple daylight fluorescence, and an even stronger purple-white fluorescence under long wave UV light.

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Energetic & Spiritual Influence of Green Fluorite:
-Fosters growth and healing
-Grounds and absorbs excess energy
-Aids access to intuition
-Heightens mental abilities, assisting in rapid organization and processing of information
-Brings mental clarity and stability to an otherwise chaotic situation
-Allows mental and physical coordination
-Dissipates emotional trauma
-Absorbs negative energy
-Calming effect
-Gives courage
-Used as a bridge for personal growth to be accomplished
-Brings up issues from the subconscious mind, allowing the heart to heal
-Strengthen bones and teeth
-Ameliorates pain associated with arthritis

What does YOUR tongue say about you?

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Whether or not you pay attention to the signs, or choose to listen to it, your body is constantly telling you about the state of your health! These subtle signs are right there in front of you- from aches and pains, to slight variations in the color of your skin in certain areas of your face, to the ever-changing qualities of your pulse and even the details of your tongue!

That’s right your tongue!

Believe it or not, your tongue changes over time. The thickness of your tongue and tongue coating, the color, the shape, how swollen or thin it is, canker sores in certain spots- they all tell a tale of what is going on deep within your body- in the places you can’t see. Each part of the tongue corresponds to a different organ in your body:

tongue organs

Diagnosing:

As Acupuncturists practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine we observe many different characteristics in each of our patients in order to form a complete diagnosis. This includes: Asking questions about signs and symptoms and looking at health history forms, Observing the patient’s demeanor- how they talk, how they sit, if they are fidgeting or lethargic, how their spirit conveys through their eyes, the different colors in their face, their personality, etc., Feeling their pulse rates in three positions on each wrist, Feeling certain areas of the abdomen during Hara diagnosis (Japanese Style Acupuncture) and Observing the qualities of the tongue.

When you come in for an Acupuncture appointment, you might find it weird that I ask you to stick out your tongue- but this is a key diagnostic tool I use to confirm my diagnosis! So take a look in the mirror and look at your friend/spouse/neighbor/child’s tongue and compare it to your own. You will notice they are all different!

Below is a chart with 9 common TCM syndromes and their respective tongues:

which tongue are you

Healthy Tongue: A healthy tongue is naturally pink with a thin white coating.

Sometimes, temporary changes in color can occur due to certain foods staining the tongue such as blackberries, or coffee and cigarettes turning your tongue coat a yellow tinge.

Here are some characteristics I look for in my patients’ tongues. For detailed information on what each characteristic means, please visit: Yin Yang House

Color: Pink (normal), Pale, Red, Dark Red, Purple, Blue

Tongue Coating (Good indicator of Stomach and Spleen Qi): 

Overall: Thin, thick, dry, moist, wet, sticky (greasy/creamy)

Color: White, Yellow, Gray, Black

Rooting: Rooted (moss appears firmly implanted in tongue), Rootless (Moss appears to float on the surface), Peeled or Patchy

Sub-linguals (the veins underneath your tongue): Swollen, Purple, Blue

Body Shape: Cracked,  Deviated (crooked), Flaccid, Long, Short (contracted), Rigid, Stiff, Swollen, Thin, Thorny, Trembling (quivering)

Pretty cool right?

So next time you are in for your treatment, ask me what I see when I look at your tongue and we can look at it together!

The Crystal Series: Spirit Amethyst

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Today’s featured Crystal is Amethyst Spirit Quartz!

-Varies in color from pale lilac to deep purple
-The traditional birthstone of those born in February
-Associated with the sign of Pisces

spirit amethyst

Spiritual Influences of Spirit Amethyst:
-Activates the Higher Crown Chakra, bringing in spiritual information and providing multi-dimensional healing
-Very cleansing to the aura and can dispel negative attachments and entities
-Repair holes to the etheric body
-Assists a soul facing death and provides immense support throughout a terminal illness
-Brings passion and imagination, emotion and logic
-Stimulates creativity: particularly helpful with artistic endeavors
-Utilizes Fire Energy

Energetic Influences of Spirit Amethyst:
-Detoxification and clearing the physical body, aligning it with the energetic bodies so treatments are more effective and longer lasting
-Treats skin problems, especially those related to allergic reactions, melanomas, scars, cysts and growths
-May also be useful for swellings and tumors on internal organs
-Powerful fertility charm, and is also supportive of the problems associated with infertility and difficult pregnancy, especially those issues related to the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and testes

For more detailed information on Spirit Amethyst, please visit The Crystal Vault!

The Crystal Series: Citrine

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Today’s featured Crystal is Citrine!

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Energetic Influence of Citrine:
– Opens the higher mind to accept joy in one’s life
– Releases anger & negative feelings, deep-seated fears and destructive tendencies
– Helps with overcoming depression
– Reduces sensitivity to criticism and inspires creativity and self-expression
– Raises self-esteem, aids in letting go of the past allowing one to move forward
optimistically, enjoying new experiences and explorations
– Powerful purifier of one’s will center
– Provides courage and fortitude

Yellow Citrine:
– Brings the power to solidify new interests and new relationships
– Helps you see things in a different light
– Adds clarity, optimism and new meaning to your life and relationships
– Aids in establishing good communications

Light Yellow: Helps you focus on the needs of the person or group you are getting to know
Dark Yellow: Helps aid decisiveness, precision, or persuasiveness

Gold Citrine:
– Brings success, enthusiasm, happiness, and power

Light Gold: Brings cheerfulness and contentment
Dark Gold: A deeper, more pronounced sense of devotion and commitment, providing us with a mature enthusiasm and ability to share a lifelong commitment of care and love.

For more detailed information on Citrine, please visit The Crystal Vault

The Crystal Series: Pink Kunzite

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Today’s featured Crystal is Pink Kunzite!

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Energetic Influence of Kunzite:
– Treats hormone-linked migraines
– Influences the Reproductive System in Women: puberty, PMS, and menstrual issues
– Treats skin rashes caused by allergies to chemicals
– Strengthens the circulatory system and the heart muscle
– Treats neuralgia
– Calms epilepsy
– Soothes joint pain
Spiritual Influence of Kunzite:
-Enhances the treatment of depression and psychiatric disorders
-Helps the body recover from emotional stress
-Encourages letting go of fears
-Allows free expression of feelings
-Heals the mind and heart
-Allows receptiveness for great opportunities in life
-Assists those who have trouble connecting with others
-Restores lost trust and innocence
Properties of Kunzite:
-Protective stone
-Dispels negativity
-Provides a centering influence in all situations

Pink Kunzite:
-Brings the energy rays of determination, commitment, and caring
-Calms feelings of anger or resentment
-Increases developing sensuality
-Helps overcome heartache

“Kunzite is a powerful healer of the emotional body, particularly for those who have closed themselves off from life, or from others, to protect themselves emotionally. Kunzite opens the heart to the energies of love – love of self, of others, for humanity, plants, animals, the earth and all it contains.”

“Pink Kunzite crystals reflect the Light of the heart and love, and help stimulate the Heart Chakra. The Heart Chakra is located near the center of the breastbone and regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and what we resist. It gives us the balancing ability to be ourselves within the environment, and helps in our relationships. Pink crystal energy is used to resolve blockages and to re-balance the heart chakra, helping us understand our own needs and emotions clearly.”

For more detailed information on Pink Kunzite, please visit The Crystal Vault.

The Crystal Series: Blue Kyanite

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We are happy to announce that we have added many new Crystals and Minerals to our Treatment Space. Our hope is that they will foster spiritual growth and enhance your healing experience at AcuPUNKture. We will be doing a daily blog post featuring each of the Crystals/Minerals, so that you may learn of its energetic and spiritual influences.

Meet Blue Kyanite! 

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Energetic Influence of Kyanite:
-Instantly aligns all chakras and subtle bodies
-Restores Qi
-Promotes Calming
-Stimulates throat and 3rd eye chakras: encouraging communication on all levels

Spiritual Influence of Kyanite:
-Grounding
-Brings integrity and maturity
-Dispels illusions, anger, frustration
-Increases logical thought

Light blue crystals:
-Great for recovery from bad habits or addictions
-Aid with letting go and grief

Blue crystals: “Bring trust, faith, patience, and respect, lending the focus we need to become more sincere, act more responsibly, and become more trustworthy”

For more detailed information on Blue Kyanite, please visit The Crystal Vault

More than 14 million Americans have tried acupuncture, why haven’t YOU?

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Ever stop to think why more and more people are turning to acupuncture for symptom relief? Even most Health insurances are starting to reimburse for Acupuncture! There has to be some logical reason, right?!

A recent IOM survery showed that 90% of participants suffered from some form of pain on a daily basis….”Research studies consistently show that acupuncture can be an effective form of pain management, with some studies finding it even more effective than pain-relieving drugs or surgery.”

Read more about acupucnture and how it can help YOU in this article A Close Look at Acupuncture for Pain

Grand Opening! AND Some Tips and Trick for Staying Healthy This Fall/Winter!

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Hello Everyone!

We are opening our doors this week just in time for the fall! As seasonal allergies start to kick in and the changes in weather begin testing your immune defenses, remember a few key things to staying healthy this Fall/Winter!

Drink room temperature or warm beverages. This helps your Spleen and Stomach energy aid in digestion and ultimately the production of Qi. Think about it…your body temperature runs at about 98.6 degrees F and the enzymes in your body function best around this temperature. Adding cold water to your body shocks your system! Tis’ the season for warm teas and stews! Try a hot coffee or tea next time you crave a cold drink- You might just be pleasantly surprised with how you feel!

Avoid raw foods! Raw foods are considered cold energy foods and hurt the Spleen and Stomach energy. During the cold months, it is best to indulge in root vegetables and hearty stews and soups. Stay tuned to our blog for delicious and easy crock pot recipes to try out this Fall/Winter!

Cover the back of your neck! ALWAYS! In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the nape of your neck is considered the Wind Gate. This is where pathogens and external invasions get into your body, aka how you get sick. This is the perfect time to break out your favorite shawls, hoodies, hats and infinity scarfs! Keep the back of your neck covered whenever it is windy or rainy, even if it is not cold out! Protecting yourself from the wind will help you fight off illness this Flu season.

Wash your hands! Washing your hands is the BEST way to stop germs from spreading! Good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses, from the common cold and flu to more serious diseases such as Hepatitis A and respiratory infections.

Get regular acupuncture! Acupuncture is great for building up your immune system and your Wei Qi- aka your first line of defense in the body! The lungs helps regulate your wei qi (defensive qi) and if your lung qi is weak, then your wei-qi is also weak and can’t circulate properly. By strengthening your lung qi and keeping your energy balanced, you are strengthening your body’s natural resistance to disease!

Just Breathe! Your breath is such a powerful tool, not only for living but for releasing tension in your body. Focus on your breathing at least 5 minutes a day. Place your hands on your abdomen and take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. As you inhale you should see and feel your belly rise into your hands (not your chest). Imagine your breathe entering your nose, flowing through your lungs and down through your belly, down your legs and into the soles of your feet, grounding you firmly in the earth.This simple exercise can have an extraordinary effect on the mind and body and leave you feeling calmer and grounded.

Let go! In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Autumn is associated with the Metal element. The organs energetically associated with Metal are the Lung and Large Intestine. Grief is the emotion associated with these organs. Your job is to embrace this change in season and learn to let go! Greif is a natural process we all go through at some point in our lives but when the metal element is blocked, it can lead to depression. Fall/Winter is the time to reallign yourself and find balance. Conserve your energy and gear up for the dark, cold months ahead so you can come out stronger and more vibrant when Spring time rolls around. Reflect on your life and let go of the past experiences that are holding you back, so that your can rise up from the ashes like a beautiful, resilient flower, full of life and energy- physically, emotionally and spiritually- ready to stand firm in this world.

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